Economic crisis seems to be never-ending and, in the meantime, things are changing. Sometimes silently, other times violently. We are still in the beginning and, after decades of too much rhetoric on sustainability, local and decentralised solutions will be part of the answer.
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In part two of our review of 2011 Julian Dobson reflects on a year when aspirations to become ‘the greenest government ever’ were unceremoniously dumped
It’ll be up to us to get it sorted, home by home, business by business. It’ll be up to those in rented accommodation to bring their landlords to account in order to ensure their properties are improved. It’ll be up to homeowners to take the initiative. But if this is to be market-led then everyone should have equal access to that market. So who’s going to do the persuading?
While critics will say that this investment pales in comparison with what was already underway from the last government, it may at least start to provide the climate for some kernels of growth.
Ensuring the development industry takes account of its social and environmental impact will take a major cultural shift. That’s why nailing down a way to measure wellbeing is all-important, argues Ivan Tennant
The fuel poor tend to underheat their homes. This is a critical issue in meeting the Green Deal’s ‘Golden Rule’… If a fuel-poor home uses significantly less heating fuel than predicted, it will be virtually impossible to meet the Golden Rule and the household will be worse off.
There are a number of joined up approaches to real local sustainability developing around the country… but it’s still complex, and some issues will take 20 years rather than the five-year span of an elected government.
Anthony Woods Waters reports on a burgeoning relationship between the US city of Little Rock and Newcastle upon Tyne